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Vatican Newspaper Article Addresses Condom Use Among Married Couples

May 25, 2011

Three days before the start of a Vatican conference focusing on "the centrality of care" in HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment, the Vatican's official newspaper, L'Osservatore Romano, on Tuesday printed a piece by Spanish theologian Juan Jose Perez-Soba arguing that married couples with one HIV-positive partner "should abstain from sex, because intercourse performed with a condom is, 'from the moral point of view, not a fully conjugal act,'" RNS/Beliefnet News reports (Rocca, 5/24).

Perez-Soba "said that although use of a condom may have some effectiveness against HIV/AIDS contagion in single acts, it cannot guarantee safety -- especially throughout the sexual life of a couple. It is wrong, therefore, to say that condom use can prevent infection, he said," according to the

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Comment by: Mikey B. (South Gate, CA) Wed., Jun. 1, 2011 at 1:30 pm EDT
Papal and Vatican views on safe-sex simply don't reflect the growing needs of contemporary societies worldwide.
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Comment by: Sean (England) Fri., May. 27, 2011 at 4:53 pm EDT
Two words...UTTER RUBBISH
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Comment by: mikael (Honolulu) Fri., May. 27, 2011 at 1:26 am EDT
The Vatican has for the past thousand years led man into deadly plagues, war, and ignorance. Their voice is one of ignorance and will lead us into a catastrophic future. I have no ill will toward any people but Catholicism should be treated the same as any other terrorist organization. Peace...
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